Moses Simon : I’d Have Become A Nigerian Soldier Fighting For The Flag

Moses Simon assists twice and also scores for Nantes FC

Super Eagles winger Moses Simon opens up of his possible career if he had not become a professional footballer reports.

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Moses Simon is currently plying his trade in France playing for a former French Cup champions Nantes FC.

Super Eagles player Moses Simon helps team to first victory.
Moses Simon in action for Nigeria

As the son of a Nigerian soldier, and spending all of his childhood in the military barracks, Moses was faced with some degree of difficulties in his journey to becoming a professional.

According to the winger, his father, was a strict man, who was feared and respected by their neighbours. And he had wanted him to become a soldier, or pursue a career in medicine. But his love, passion and talent in football, was his driving force, hence his decision to seek for a third party.

Moses Simon talks about his journey to becoming a professional footballer

Based on Moses’ confession as reported by a Nigerian media outlet, his secondary school coach and a friend talked his father into supporting his football career.

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“In the neighborhood where he lived, daily life is difficult; he (Simon’s father) didn’t want me to become a bad boy,” says Simon, who grew up in the military barracks; and was quoted by Soccernet Nigeria.

“He told me: ‘You must be in the military or something else good, but not a footballer! You will choose after college. I was a good student; that’s why my father saw me as a soldier or a doctor. But I chose a high school where we played football.

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Super Eagles team at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, Lagos.

“Later, the football school coach came to see me: ‘Simon, you are a good player; now we are going to talk with your father because you can, perhaps, become a pro’.

“But everyone feared my father, a very tough, impressive man. There was only one other soldier who could talk to him about it. The father of one of the other coaches at the academy was also a soldier; he felt strong enough to come and speak with him.”

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He added, “He arrived at the house at 1 p.m., and the discussion ended at 6 p.m. My father warned him: ‘He’s my son. For him, I had chosen a career as a soldier or a doctor. If something happens to him, you’re going to have big problems.”

Moses Simon who scored in his last outing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria against Mozambique, is expected to make the squad for the 2026 FIFA world cup qualifier fixtures against Lesotho and Zimbabwe next month.

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